After extensive study and public engagement that began in the spring of 2017, Council voted to build a new Municipal Services Building in the Municipality of the District of Lunenburg at their Tuesday, March 12, 2019 Council meeting. The building opened to the public at 10 Allée Champlain Drive, Cookville on November 2, 2020.
The old building, located at 210 Aberdeen Road, did not meet National Building Code or Nova Scotia’s Accessibility Act. Space, air quality and security issues are some of the primary deficiencies with the existing building. A report produced by Catalyst Consulting determined that it would be more expensive to renovate and expand the existing building to meet accessibility and code requirements than it would be to invest in a new building.
The new building was cnostructed on municipally-owned land at Osprey Village, and cost $8.6 million to construct (initially estimated at pdf $7.2 million (3.90 MB) , pdf revised to $8.6 million June 2019 (102 KB) ). The design of the building was developed to use as many locally-sourced materials and tradespeople as possible, and to achieve an energy use that is 30% less than National Building Code requirements. In addition to being fully accessible, the design of the building enables the Municipality to offer improved service for the thousands of residents who utilize the building each year.
Municipal services have changed substantially in the 48 years since this building was constructed. The construction of a modest building was determeined to be the most effective use of the money set aside for this project. Previous and current Councils had set funds aside for this project for many years, which means the Municipality will not incur debt or raise taxes related to the new Municipal Services building. The Municipality continues to be on track to be debt-free by 2021.